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ESPN FC News 22 May 21:55

England name Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane captain for World Cup

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner examines England's strike force and wonders if they'll have what it takes to lead the Three Lions to glory at the World Cup. After the excitement of England's World Cup squad announcement, the Exploding Heads are here to break the bad news to those who didn't make the cut. England have named striker Harry Kane as their captain heading into the World Cup in Russia this summer. Kane, 24, the two-time Premier League Golden Boot winner, is the vice captain to Hugo Lloris at Tottenham and has occasionally worn the armband since Wayne Rooney retired from international competition in 2017. England manager Gareth Southgate made the announcement in a live video on Twitter on Tuesday morning. "Last night, we told the rest of the players that we've named Harry as captain for...

ESPN FC News 22 May 21:53

Troisi embraces competition for spots

James Troisi speaks from Socceroos camp in Turkey.

ESPN FC News 22 May 21:24

Zlatan introduces himself, Salah's lookalike, Ronaldo statue redemption in best of Toe Poke

Relive 10 of the best stories that amused and amazed in this season of football around the world. It's that time of year again when we here at Toe Poke pause a moment to take stock of the season just gone -- the thrills, the spills, the truly, truly dreadful penalty kicks (stay tuned!). Here are our various winners and indeed losers from 2017-18 ... Redemption of the season November brought with it redemption for one of the biggest laughing stocks of last season, as Portuguese artist Jose Antonio Navarro Arteaga was handed an artistic reprieve. Arteaga is of course the man who made a hash...

ESPN FC News 22 May 21:03

West Ham appoint Manuel Pellegrini as manager to replace David Moyes

Manuel Pellegrini has signed a three-year contract to become West Ham United's manager. The former Real Madrid and Manchester City boss

ESPN FC News 22 May 12:59

Transfer Talk: Tottenham optimistic over Martial move, Lewandowski to Chelsea?

The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow live with our daily blog throughout the

Sheffield Wednesday – 6 May 15:31

Cardiff promoted to Premier League as Barnsley, Burton are relegated

Cardiff City will be playing Premier League football next season after Fulham lost at Birmingham and the Bluebirds drew with Reading on Sunday.

The Welsh side were forced to settle for a goalless home draw against struggling Reading – but Fulham’s 3-1 loss at Birmingham meant Neil Warnock’s men could celebrate a return to the top flight after a three-year exile.

Birmingham, who went into their game at St Andrew’s still under the threat of relegation, took control with first-half goals from Lukas Jutkiewicz (15) and Harlee Dean (43).

Tom Cairney gave the Cottagers hope with six minutes remaining but Che Adams’ 89th-minute goal means they must settle for the play-offs.

Barnsley’s 4-1 loss at Derby ended their brief stay in the Championship.

Cameron Jerome opened the scoring for the home side with a powerful left-foot shot in the 14th minute, then set up Matej Vydra for the Rams’ second goal 10 minutes into the second half.

Substitute Vydra then set up David Nugent for Derby’s third midway through the second half. Tom Lawrence made it 4-0 in the 71st, before George Moncur’s reply 10 minutes from time. The win secured the Rams’ place in the play-offs.

Burton lost 2-1 at Preston, with Louis Moult’s goal in added time ending their survival hopes. Callum Robinson gave Preston the lead with a close-range header, before the hosts had Billy Bodin dismissed for two yellow cards – one a handball which saw a goal ruled out, then a dive in the penalty area. Hope Akpan curled in Burton’s equaliser in the 63rd minute.

Bolton produced an impressive late finish to escape the clutches of League One as a result of a 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest.

Adam Le Fondre volleyed Wanderers in front midway through the second half but Ben Osborn (70) and Jack Colback (79) turned things around and had Bolton staring relegation in the face.

However, goals from David Wheater (87) and Aaron Wilbraham (88) – who had earlier hit the post – kept the hosts up, sparking joyous scenes at the Macron Stadium.

Play-off hopefuls Middlesbrough drew 2-2 at Ipswich. Freddie Sears (eight) and Martyn Waghorn’s 83rd-minute penalty had the hosts ahead twice but Stewart Downing (71) and Patrick Bamford (90) earned the visitors a draw.

The other top six team, Aston Villa, lost 1-0 at Millwall. Shaun Williams got the decisive goal from the penalty spot in the 30th minute, before Lee Gregory missed another spot-kick for the Lions late on.

Elsewhere, bottom club Sunderland stunned champions Wolves 3-0, in front of prospective new owner Stewart Donald.

On-loan duo Ovie Ejaria (19) and Ashley Fletcher (45) had the hosts 2-0 ahead before Paddy McNair got Sunderland’s third midway through the second half.

Atdhe Nuhiu (14, 60 and 90) scored a hat-trick in Sheffield Wednesday’s 5-1 drubbing of Norwich at Hillsborough. Fernando Forestieri (30) and Frederico Venancio (58) also netted, with Timm Klose (83) replying for Norwich.

Wednesday’s city rivals United were also final-day winners, 3-2 at Bristol City.

Leon Clarke opened the scoring in the eighth minute with his 19th league goal of the season, before Billy Sharp (29) and Kieran Freeman (34) made it 3-0. City rallied with goals from Aden Flint (60) and Joe Bryan (75) – but there was to be no leveller.

Leeds beat QPR 2-0 with goals from Kemar Roofe (30) and Kalvin Phillips (47), while Brentford and Hull drew 1-1 at Griffin Park.

Sergi Canos headed the hosts into a 12th-minute lead before Jarrod Bowen levelled in first-half added time. Harry Wilson had the chance to win it for the Tigers in the second half after Luke Daniels fouled Fraizer Campbell – but the goalkeeper redeemed himself with an excellent stop to keep out Wilson’s penalty.

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Sheffield Wednesday – 22 Apr 10:54

Paper Talk: Four in Arsenal mix; Man Utd battle Liverpool for Sevilla star

Manchester United will go head to head with Liverpool for a France U21 star, while Arsenal will interview four big-names over their upcoming managerial vacancy, according to Sunday’s papers. 



Manchester United have put Sevilla centre-back Clement Lenglet on their summer shopping list, according to reports on Sunday.

The France U21 star has carved out quite the reputation this season during Sevilla’s run to the Champions League quarter-finals – with Manchester United their victims in the last 16 of the competition.

According to The Sun on Sunday, United could sign Lenglet for a fee of around £20million – but our understanding is that Sevilla would have no intention of allowing him to leave for that amount and would instead hold out for his release clause.

The defender has a €45million exit fee in his contract – and signing him looks far from easy with both Barcelona and Liverpool also keeping tabs on the 22-year-old.

Barcelona are thought to want the defender as a back-up in case Samuel Umtiti – also a Manchester United target – leaves this summer.


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Max Allegri, Leonardo Jardim and Brendan Rodgers are all likely to be interviewed by Arsenal as they seek a replacement for Arsene Wenger (Sunday Mirror)

Arsenal have spoken to Luis Enrique about replacing Arsene Wenger, with Allegri and Rodgers also on the Gunners’ radar (The Sun on Sunday)

Arsenal are set to fight Chelsea for the signature of Allegri, with the departing Arsene Wenger being eyed by PSG (Daily Star Sunday)

Wenger was paid £11m to stand down one year early with the club desperate to return to the Champions League (The Sun on Sunday)

Following the announcement he is to leave Arsenal at the end of the season, Wenger is set to open talks with PSG and his former club Monaco  (The Sun on Sunday)

Arsenal’s path to make Enrique their next manager has been cleared after Chelsea’s interest in the Spaniard cooled (The Sunday Times)

Wenger knew a month ago that his reign at Arsenal was over (Mail on Sunday)

Pep Guardiola wants to boost his title-winning Manchester City side by signing Thiago Alcantara and Jorginho for a combined £135m this summer (Daily Star Sunday)

Arsene Wenger is set to be offered the chance to join PSG – as president of the French side, with Thomas Tuchel as first-team coach (Sunday Mirror)

Antonio Conte’s departure from Chelsea is being delayed as the Italian is owed a huge £10m pay-off if he is sacked by the Blues (Sunday Mirror)

Marouane Fellaini is being chased by as many as six clubs, with PSG, Juventus and West Ham among them (Sunday Mirror)


Marcel Brands’ appointment as Everton director of football is set to be confirmed with PSV’s Mexico winger Hirving Lozano emerging as a possible first signing (Sunday Mirror)

Watford will not stop Richarlison leaving the club this summer as long as one of his suitors meets their £40m valuation (Sunday Mirror)

Jose Mourinho will not stand in Anthony Martial’s way if the forward decides he wants to leave Manchester United this summer (Sunday Times)

Newcastle have slapped a £20m price tag on striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who has impressed on loan at Fulham (Sunday People)

Jack Grealish: Dearly loves Aston Villa

Jack Grealish will stay at Aston Villa next season even if they are not promoted to the Premier League (Sunday People)

Rubin Kazan’s Iran striker Sardar Azmoun is a target for Everton, Leicester City, Wolves and Celtic (Sunday People)

Fulham will have to fight off competition from West Ham to retain the services of right-back Ryan Fredericks, who will be available on a free transfer this summer (Sunday People)

Napoli midfielder Jorginho has indicated he favours a move to Manchester City over rivals Manchester United (The Sun on Sunday)

Jorginho: Napoli midfielder a target for Arsenal, says agent

Jamie Vardy will be offered £140,000 a week to stay at Leicester and extend his contract, which currently has two years left to run (The Sun on Sunday)

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has made signing a new striker a summer priority, with Bournemouth’s Josh King his top target (The Sun on Sunday)

Brighton midfielder Pascal Gross is wanted by RB Leipzig, whose manager Ralf Rangnick was at Hoffenheim while he was coming through the ranks (The Sun on Sunday)

Swansea City are set to tempt Oli McBurnie, who has impressed on loan at Barnsley, with a big pay rise to stay at the club amid interest from Championship clubs Leeds, Derby and Reading (The Sun on Sunday)

Sunderland midfielder George Honeyman could be tempted by a move to Sheffield Wednesday after the Black Cats were relegated on Saturday (The Sun on Sunday)

PSG are confident they can beat Manchester United in the race for the £50m signature of Fulham wonderkid Ryan Sessegnon (Sunday Express)

West Ham have been told they will have to pay £28m to make Joao Mario’s loan move from Inter Milan permanent (Sunday Express)

Watford are keen to sign Lyon centre-half Mouctar Diakhaby, who has also been watched by Manchester City, Chelsea and Everton  (Mail on Sunday)

Everton will hold a board meeting this week which could decide the future of manager Sam Allardyce (Mail on Sunday)

West Ham are plotting a £40m double raid on Stoke City to sign Jack Butland and Joe Allen if their rivals are relegated from the Premier League (Mail on Sunday)

Rafa Benitez believes Newcastle’s best hope of keeping Chelsea midfielder Kenedy could be another loan deal (Mail on Sunday)

Stoke are in talks with PSG about ripping up Jese Rodriguez’s loan deal after his failure to attend training (Sunday Telegraph)


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Sheffield Wednesday – 18 Apr 12:34

Wolves, Fulham dominate PFA Championship Team of the Year

Wolves and Fulham dominate the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Championship Team of the Year.

Leaders Wolves, who have already secured promotion to the Premier League, and third-placed Fulham both boast three players each.

Wolves goalkeeper John Ruddy, centre-back Willy Bolly and midfielder Ruben Neves are among the XI, alongside Fulham’s 17-year-old left-back Ryan Sessegnon, right-back Ryan Fredericks and midfielder Tom Cairney.

The rest of the team is made up of Cardiff defender Sol Bamba, Norwich midfielder James Maddison and forwards, Bobby Reid, Leon Clarke and Matej Vydra of Bristol City, Sheffield United and Derby respectively.

The PFA Championship Team of the Year!

🏆 #PFAawards

— PFA (@PFA) April 18, 2018


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Sheffield Wednesday – 10 Apr 11:14

EXCLUSIVE: Source confirms Man Utd will sign Sheff Wed starlet

Manchester United are ready to beat Leicester City to the signing of Sheffield Wednesday starlet George Hirst, a source has confirmed to TEAMtalk.

The 19-year-old striker, son of Owls legend and former England international David, has not been considered for Wednesday’s first-team this season as he has refused to sign a long-term deal.

Now he is ready to quit Hillsborough, and Leicester had thought they had him all but tied up – but United are now ready to swoop and finally land a Hirst.

Sir Alex Ferguson failed to sign his dad, but now Hirst Junior is set to get the chance to move to Old Trafford – with Wednesday only due compensation.

Everton and Newcastle are also keen, but Hirst’s representatives have intimated to United that they will get him.

A source close to Wednesday told TEAMtalk: “The club are not angry, they knew this was inevitable and they still held out some hope of keeping George, but that looks increasingly unlikely now.”


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Sheffield Wednesday – 8 Apr 10:55

Paper Talk: Man Utd to land Neymar in three-way swap plus 50m

Manchester United have been given fresh hope of a deal for Neymar – but only if they sacrifice two stars first, while there is mounting interest in Jurgen Klopp, according to Sunday’s newspapers.



Manchester United will demand Neymar in exchange if PSG try to sign Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, according to reports on Sunday.

The Daily Star on Sunday suggests PSG have already approached United over the potential of signing the duo this summer – and with it give United the chance to sign the Brazilian superstar as part of the deal.

It’s suggested United would still have to give PSG £50m in addition to the two players as part of the sensational swoop – and the report suggests all parties are keen on the deal, with Martial and Pogba’s future both under the spotlight at Old Trafford and Neymar failing to settle in Paris.

Neymar has long been linked with United despite having joined PSG in a world-record €222m deal last summer.

The Brazilian forward has scored 28 goals in 30 appearances for the Ligue 1 giants before being struck down by a fractured metatarsal injury that could have ended his season.


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Real Madrid want Jurgen Klopp if they axe manager Zinedine Zidane at the end of the season (The Sun on Sunday)

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has moved closer to replacing fellow Italian Antonio Conte at Chelsea next season, with the Serie A side targeting Real manager Zidane as a replacement (Sunday Express)

Leicester are ready to buy James Maddison from Norwich – as Riyad Mahrez’s replacement (The Sun on Sunday)

Russian and Argentinian hooligans are plotting to target England fans at this summer’s World Cup, according to information found on football forums (The Sun on Sunday)

Newcastle’s takeover by financier Amanda Staveley’s Middle-East backed PCP partners group is back on (Sunday Mirror)

UEFA are set to order Liverpool to take action on fans lining the streets around Anfield to “greet” team buses before European games (Sunday Mirror)

Pep Guardiola has landed a whopping £20m-a-year new deal at Manchester City (Sunday Mirror)

Everton have made Paulo Fonseca their top target to replace Sam Allardyce this summer – with Marco Silva second choice (Sunday Mirror)

Everton manager Sam Allardyce has emerged as a contender to become West Brom boss if he is sacked by the Goodison Park club (Sunday Times)

Newcastle have stepped up their attempt to hijack Everton’s move for Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup (Sunday Mirror)

Zinedine Zidane has revealed Gareth Bale is unhappy at Real Madrid, putting Manchester United on red alert (Sunday Mirror)

Former England midfielder Gareth Barry looks to have played his last game for West Brom (Sunday Mirror)

Ligue 1 duo Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco are on the trail of Watford midfielder Richarlison (Sunday Mirror)

West Ham manager David Moyes watched summer target Ryan Fredericks in midweek to cast further doubts over the future of former Leeds defender Sam Byram (Mail on Sunday)

Extra police will be drafted in to ensure safe passage of the Liverpool bus ahead of Tuesday’s match against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium (Mail on Sunday)

An administration error by Crystal Palace left Pape Souare with a six-figure tax bill (Mail on Sunday)

Everton are set to make a summer move for Burnley’s Republic of Ireland international winger Robbie Brady (Sunday Express)

Inter Milan are ready to reignite their interest in Manchester United’s Anthony Martial after doubts were cast over his long-term future at Old Trafford (Sunday Express)

Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is favourite for the Italy national team job (Sunday Times)

Manchester United look set to sign forward George Hirst from Sheffield Wednesday (Sunday People)


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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sheffield Wednesday | BBC 21 Jun 10:00

Championship fixtures in full

Find out your team's fixtures in the Championship during the 2017-18 season.

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Sunderland to play Bury in EFL Cup

Sunderland will travel to Bury in the EFL Cup first round following their relegation from the Premier League.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sheffield Wednesday | BBC 6 Jun 14:23

Terminal cancer patient conquers Everest

Ian Toothill, who has just months to live, reaches the summit of the world's highest mountain.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sheffield Wednesday | BBC 23 May 21:33

Carvalhal extends Owls contract

Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal signs a contract extension with the beaten Championship play-off semi-finalists.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sheffield Wednesday | BBC 18 May 13:52

'I could not force Rhodes to take pen'

Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal defends Jordan Rhodes' decision to not take a penalty in their play-off defeat by Huddersfield.

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